Two butterflies on flower bush

National Pollinator Week 2020

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and their importance to the ecosystem! From June 22 to 28, we will be celebrating all things pollinator. You will learn about what are pollinators, why they are important, how to attract pollinators in your own backyard, and where to find pollinator gardens in our parks. 

What are some examples of pollinators?

Some examples of pollinators are birds, bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, and other animals. Pollination occurs when pollen is moved or carried from one plant (or part of a plant) to another. 

Why are pollinators important?

Pollinators are critical to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many animals rely on for food and shelter. One-third of the food crops humans eat depend on pollinators.

What are some things we can do to attract pollinators in our own backyard?

  • Plant some fun things in your garden that attract pollinators. Concentrate on plants native to our area that are host plants (plants that butterflies and moths require for their caterpillars) and can produce nectar (food) for pollinators. 
  • Leave the weeds. These can be helpful for pollinators. 
  • Consider a less frequent mowing cycle. This allows things like white clover to bloom and help the pollinators. 
  • A shallow dish with pebbles and water will attract bees, butterflies, and moths, without being a drowning hazard. 
  • Minimize the use of insecticides in gardens for pollinators and avoid buying plants pre-treated with insecticides – these can be harmful to pollinators, most of which are insects. 

Did you know Raleigh Parks have pollinator gardens?

Visit pollinator gardens at these locations: